Manual breast pumps are great for relieving engorgement or an occasional (very occasional) bottle. Electric breast pumps, by contrast, are designed for regular pumping.
When we surveyed our readers for the best manual breast pumps, we looked for pumps that were the most comfortable, were easy to use and could fit a wide variety of breast sizes.
Our top pick for best budget-friendly manual breast pump is the incredibly simple Haakaa Manual Breast Pump from New Zealand. In our testing, the Haakaa beat out other more pricey pumps for ease of use and overall quality.
What We Liked
• No moving parts. You merely center the flange on the nipple then squeeze a couple times to get the milk started. Beyond the first couple pumps, you don’t have to do anything else. It does all the work for you.
• Fits every breast size—no need to purchase special flanges, like some competitors.
• Easy to sterilize. If you have a steam sterilizer or just a pot of boiling water, the entire unit can be sterilized.
• Affordable. Other manual pumps can run twice as much.
What Needs Work
• Not fast. With other manual pumps, you can speed up the expression by squeezing the handle faster. Haakaa just has one speed.
• Trial and error. Our readers noted that when trying to center Haakaa’s flange on the breast, you may miss the “sweet spot” and have to break the seal to reposition.
• Suction loss over time. A few of our mom readers were frustrated the Haakaa pump can lose suction over time. On the plus side, there are videos that offer fixes.
• Spills! Thanks to a narrow base, Haakaa’s collection bottle falls over easily when left on a table top. Consider buying the version with a silicone cap or a flower stopper to keep that precious breast milk in the bottle.